With transmogrification on the horizon for patch 4.3 — and since it requires you to own the items that you want to transmogrify into — I thought it would be a good time to take a look at all of the various hunter PvE sets over the years so you can start planning the look that you want your hunter to sport. Happily, a huge amount of these hunter armor sets are obtainable via soloing these days — we’ll go over where you get each hunter set, and the various items in each one.
Pictured below are all the major hunter armor sets with that set gear only — any non-set slots are left empty. You can mess around with the looks at Wowhead by going to the item set and clicking the View in 3d button on the upper right. Only the flash version worked for me, but from there you can rotate the character to get different views — I’m kind of regretting not doing a 3/4 view for these now, but there’s no way I’m going it all over.
Note: I have pics of some popular hunter ranged and melee weapons up here on WoW Insider. You can also see the transmogrification resource guide on WoW Hunters Hall for tons of useful places to find transmogrification gear and looks.
Clearly the only proper way to view the sets is on a dwarf. However, as a member in good standing of the Dwarven League of Inter-Racial Cooperation, I have also put images of all the hunter sets together in every single race. I chose gender based mostly on popularity. To see the major PvE hunter armor sets image on the race of your choice, just click on the link below:
|Alliance Hunter Sets
|Horde Hunter Sets|
It’s worth noting that there are also about the same number of PvP sets out there, and most of them are available either for honor points, or for the tokens from that tier’s PvE set. I may put together a guide for those as well — but this took a big chunk of time and I’m not really looking forward to doing it again real soon, so we’ll see.
Where to Get the Hunter Sets
Now let’s discuss just where each of these hunter armor sets come from so you can stock up for your transmogrification plans. Most of the stuff from vanilla WoW can be solo’d, a lot from BC can be solo’d, and some Wrath gear can be solo’d. However in every tier, even vanilla, there are bosses that you just can’t do alone due to fight mechanics. In a perfect world you’d get a few friends (of different classes) to join you and clearing the old dungeons once a week to gather up the set pieces. The support classes are going to want to play with transmogrification too after all.
Hunter Tier 0: Beaststalker
8 pieces. No longer available in-game.
Sometimes referred to as dungeon set 1, but back in vanilla we just called Beaststalker tier 0. This set was all blue, and it was a huge pain to collect all the pieces. Many of them were BoE however. I now kinda regret ditching this, as collecting this set was my first big accomplishment of the endgame, and required running 5, 10, and 15-mans hundreds of times. I wouldn’t mind transmogrifying into this from time to time.
There is, however, other armor that uses the same model as Beaststalker and will net you a very similar looking set, though not necessarily with every piece colored exactly the same. These are available in BC 5-mans on normal mode (not heroic). Here are the pieces:
- Mok’Nathal Beast-Mask from Exarch Maladaar in Auchenai Crypts
- Scorpid Sting Mantle from Quagmirran in The Slave Pens
- Shamblehide Chestguard from The Black Stalker in The Underbog
- Bloodstained Ravager Gauntlets from Omor the Unscarred in Hellfire Ramparts
- Lykul Bloodbands from Hungarfen in The Underbog
- Tracker’s Belt fromMennu the Betrayer in The Slave Pens
- Scale Leggings of the Skirmisher from Watchkeeper Gargolmar in Hellfire Ramparts
- Boots of the Outlander from Pandemonius in Mana-Tombs
Hunter Tier 0.5: Beastmaster
8 pieces. No longer available in-game.
This set, by the way, was the first instance of welfare epics way back in vanilla. Players who couldn’t raid could go through some truly grueling and painful quests to upgrade their Beaststalker set into an epic version. Note that Beastmaster was just a recolored version of Beaststalker. The alternative look-alike pieces listed above use the same model, but are colored much more like the original Tier 0 Beaststalker.
Hunter Tier 1: Giantstalker
8 pieces. Available from Molten Core
Giantstalker was the very first epic set! Skyscrapers on your shoulders! All of MC can be solo’d by hunters, which is now crazy easy too. I still have most of my T1 and T2 sets, and my Grandpappy Frostheim images are usually sporting Giantstalker — so definitely a transmogrification consideration. Here are the Gianstalker items and their drop source:
- Giantstalker’s Helmet – Garr
- Giantstalker’s Epaulets – Sulfuron Harbinger
- Giantstalker’s Breastplate – Golemagg
- Giantstalker’s Bracers – Trash drop
- Giantstalker’s Gloves – Shazzrah
- Giantstalker’s Belt – Trash drop
- Giantstalker’s Leggings – Magmadar
- Giantstalker’s Boots – Gehennas
Hunter Tier 2: Dragonstalker
8 pieces. Available from Black Wing’s Lair, though you get the legs off Ragnaros in Molten Core.
Much of Black Wings Lair can be pretty easily solo’d but not all and not the first two bosses (update: some commenters have suggested there are bugs/exploits to get through the first boss). Note that the shoulders drop from Chromaggus — if you tame him, you have no shot at the shoulders. Another great transmogrification option — for so long wearing this was the pinnacle of hunter fashion and literally had players stopping and /inspecting in awe.
- Dragonstalker’s Helm – Nefarian
- Dragonstalker’s Spaulders – Chromaggus
- Dragonstalker’s Breastplate – Nefarian
- Dragonstalker’s Belt – Vaelastraz
- Dragonstalker’s Gauntlets – Ebonroc
- Dragonstalker’s Bracers – Razorgore
- Dragonstalker’s Legguards – Ragnaros in Molten Core
- Dragonstalker’s Greaves – Lashlayer
Hunter Tier 2.5: Striker
5 pieces. Available from Temple of Ahn’Qiraj.
A kind of in-between set for AQ, the first set that had a bunch of attack power rather than just agility. Also the first set to experiment with the idea of dropping one item that can be used by several classes to get their set piece. Not terribly attractive as a transmogrification option in my opinion. Not all soloable.
- Striker’s Diadem – Emperor Vak’lor drops Vek’lor’s Diadem, which is turned in with other stuff
- Striker’s Pauldrons – Viscidus or Princess Huhuran drops Qiraji Bindings of Command, which is turned in with other stuff (same as feet)
- Striker’s Hauberk – C’Thun drops Carapace of the Old Cod, which is turned in with other stuff
- Striker’s Leggings – Ouro drops Skin of the Great Sandworm, which is turned in with other stuff
- Striker’s Footguards -Viscidus or Princess Huhuran drop Qiraji Bindings of Command, which is turned in with other stuff (same as shoulders)
Hunter Tier 3: Crypstalker
9 pieces. No longer available in-game.
The original vanilla version of Naxx, the 40-man seen by so few.
Hunter Tier 4: Demon Stalker
5 pieces. The first BC set from the Curator & the Prince in Kara, the High King and Gruul in Gruul’s lair (you can solo it, but it’s Gruuling!) and Magtheridon.
- Demon Stalker Greathelm – Prince Malchezaar (Karazahn)
- Demon Stalker Harness – Magtheridon
- Demon Stalker Gauntlets – Curator (Karazahn)
- Demon Stalker Greaves – Gruul (Gruul’s Lair)
- Demon Stalker Shoulderguards – High King Maulgar (Gruul’s Lair)
Hunter Tier 5: Rift Stalker
5 pieces. Tempest Keep (Void Rever & Kael’thas), Serpentshrine Cavern.
Lightning crackling from your shoulders! 2-piece bonus is the pet heal that is still used today for extreme soloing. A very popular set look and easy enough to get with some friends — expect to see a lot of hunters using transmogrification for this set.
- Rift Stalker Helm – Lady Vashj
- Rift Stalker Hauberk – Kael’thas
- Rift Stalker Mantle – Void Reaver
- Rift Stalker Gauntlets – Leotheras the Blind
- Rift Stalker Leggings – Fathom-Lord Karathress
Hunter Tier 6: Gronnstalker
8 pieces. Black Temple, Mount Hyjal & Sunwell.
The first appearance of the broken-off horn style for hunter helms. From this point on you’ll need a good handful of friends helping, possibly even more than 5 for some Sunwell bosses.
- Gronnstalker’s Helmet – Archimonde
- Gronnstalker’s Spaulders – Mother Shahraz
- Gronnstalker’s Chestguard – Illidan
- Gronnstalker’s Bracers – Sunwell
- Gronnstalker’s Gloves – Azgalor
- Gronnstalker’s Belt – Sunwell
- Gronnstalker’s Leggings – Illidari Council
- Gronnstalker’s Boots – Sunwell
Hunter Tier 7: Crypstalker
5 pieces. The first Wrath set, from Naxxramas redux & Obsidian Sanctum. Note that from this point on, armor sets have a 10 & 25 man version (later to become heroic/normal versions) and the coloring of the different versions is slightly different, which could affect your transmogrification desires.
- Cryptstalker Headpiece – Kel’Thuzad
- Cryptstalker Spaulders – Loa’theb & Gluth
- Cryptstalker Tunic – Gluth
- Cryptstalker Handguards – Sartharion (Obsidium Sanctum)
- Cryptstalker Legguards – Thaddius & Gluth
Tier 8: Scourgestalker
5 pieces. Available from Ulduar and Justice Points.
- Scourgestalker Headpiece – 770 Justice Points
- Scourgestalker Spaulders – Yogg-saron
- Scourgestalker Tunic – 770 Justice Points
- Scourgestalker Handguards – Mimiron
- Scourgestalker Legguards – Freya
Hunter Tier 9: Windrunner
5 pieces. Available for Justice Points, from Dalaran vendors and Trial of the Crusader, which drops generic Trophy of the Crusade that can be used along with Justice Points to purchase any set item. Note that the horde and alliance have slightly different looking versions of this set, which is lame.
I dunno if this set was modeled on Sylvanas’ sense of style or what, but it does not look very hunter-like to me.
- Windrunner’s Headpiece – trophy and 1,196 Justice Points
- Windrunner’s Spaulders – trophy and 717 Justice Points
- Windrunner’s Tunic – trophy and 1,196 Justice Points
- Windrunner’s Handguards – trophy and 717 Justice Points
- Windrunner’s Legguards – trophy and 1,196 Justice Points
Hunter Tier 10: Ahn’kahar Blood Hunter
5 pieces. Available for Justice Points from Dalaran vendors. Pretty sweet looking set, except for the oversized shoulders.
- Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Headpiece – 1,100 Justice Points
- Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Spaulders – 695 Justice Points
- Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Tunic – 1,100 Justice Points
- Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Handguards – 695 Justice Points
- Ahn’Kahar Blood Hunter’s Legguards – 1,100 Justice Points
Hunter Tier 11: Lightning-Charged
5-pieces. Available from Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Justice Points. Wear a murloc on your head!
- Lightning-Charged Headguard – Nefarian
- Lightning-Charged Spaulders – Cho’gall
- Lightning-Charged Tunic – 2200 Justice Points
- Lightning-Charged Gloves – 1650 Justice Points
- Lightning-Charged Legguards – 2200 Justice Points
Hunter Tier 12: Flamewaker
5 pieces. Available from Ragnaros, Staghelm, and Valor Points. Note that after patch 4.3 (which will be maybe in November?) these will cost Justice Points instead of Valor Points.
- Flamewaker’s Headguard – Ragnaros
- Flamewaker’s Spaulders – Majordomo Staghelm
- Flamewaker’s Tunic – 2,200 Valor Points
- Flamewaker’s Gloves – 1650 Valor Points
- Flamewaker’s Legguards – 2,200 Valor Points
So, after taking a look at the PvE sets available — which ones are you going to be collecting for your hunter? Will you keep the mishmash of whatever the current set gear looks like, or will you transmogrify your gear into a classic look from the days of yore?